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Task: Nutplates, cover plate, and filling
was the last night of the work session for about 20 days. I'm
getting married to an incredible woman this Saturday and then
will be going on our honeymoon to Maui! When we return, I'll
be ready to paint the interior parts, attach several baggage
tie-downs, mate the wings, run the fuel supply/vent lines, and
paint the fuselage interior.
this last work session I finished a few items that had been
hanging in limbo for the past few days..
First I found a one-leg 10-32 nutplate (K2000-3) for an AN3
bolt ont he right side of the brake fluid reservoir. A regular
nutplate was too close to the steel gusset on the right side
of the firewall. I drilled, countersunk, and riveted the nutplate
on the firewall. The brake fluid reservoir is now ready to mount!
Since we want to install some type of baggage lighting/coat
hangar, etc we decided to do as many have and install a cover
plate for the F-732A channel. I made it out of .025" and
then measured and marked the locations for 4 holes on each side.
We clamped an drilled for #6 platenuts.
Here the nutplates are riveted to the channel and cover plate
Thankfully I've been reading ahead on Bruce
Swayze's website and found that several builders have had
issues with the seat back braces interfering with the F-631C/D
angles. I clecod them on and sure enough I had to trim them.
Good thing I caught this before painting the parts.
Last task for the evening was filling the 4 tooling holes on
the forward side of the canopy frame. Purly cosmetic. I mixed
up some West Systems epozy with flocked cotton and filled the
holes. Here is the side hole with red duct tape on the bottom
to give something for the epoxy to pour into. The tape will
Here are the top two tooling holes filled with slurry. It has
been well over a year since I've used this stuff and in hindsight
I should have used the microballoons rather than cotton fiber.
We'll see what happens after I sand.